A Communist leader, Adelberto Silva, was arrested by a joint team of military and police in Cavite, a military spokesman said on Tuesday.
Silva, the alleged replacement for detained communist leader Wilma Tiamzon as secretary general of the rebel group, was cornered on the strength of a warrant of arrest for murder at his safe house in Bacoor, Cavite.
Lieutenant Colonel Harold Cabunoc, public affairs chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), said Silva was facing 15 counts of murder before the Regional Trial Court Branch 18 of Hilangos, Leyte.
Allegedly recovered from him were 3 rifle grenades, subversive documents, improvised bomb components and several electronic devices.
“Silva is the current head of National Organization Department of Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Central Committee. He is said to be the replacement of Wilma Tiamzon,” Cabunoc said.
In March 2014, elements of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines arrested Wilma Tiamzon and her husband, the head of the CPP Politburo, together with 5 other ranking rebel leaders in Cebu.
The rebel leaders are detained at the Custodial Center of the Philippine National Police at Camp Crame in Quezon City.